Andy Chase, Banjoist

Andy takes the five-string banjo back to the gaslit music halls and parlors of the 19th and early 20th centuries. From lively jigs to stately waltzes, he draws from historical sources to play music that was written more than 150 years ago, but still resonates today.

This website is intended to serve as both a living portfolio and a collection of resources that players new to these styles may find helpful; explore the main menu for video, sheet music, and related links.

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What Is This?

Long before jazz, old-time, or bluegrass, the banjo was associated with very different musical styles, now largely forgotten.

The music on this site is taken from (or inspired by) period sources from the 1800s through the early 1900s.